The 29-year-old sailor was found brutally murdered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on June 30. Provost was shot three times and his body burned. Family members of August Provost say he had ongoing problems with fellow servicemen, and they suspect he was killed because he was gay. The Navy says there is "no evidence" to suggest that this was a hate crime.
Eight days after the death of Seaman Provost, authorities still have a "person of interest" in custody. No charges have been filed and no motive announced.
The announcement by Jackson-Lee—who has a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign—comes at the same time other members of the Congress are pressing for action. Sources tell Rod 2.0 the Congressional Black Caucus, National Black Justice Coalition, NAACP, and the Black Leadership Forum are making a joint statement demanding a full investigation by the Department of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy. Rep. Bob Filner (D) of suburban San Diego, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, says his panel will investigate, too. Filner wants also wants DoD and the Marine Corps to investigate whether the killing of the sailor was a hate crime.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have been finalized for the Houston native who was brutally killed at Camp Pendleton. The viewing for August Provost will be Friday, July 10 at 10 am. at Wright Grove Baptist Church in Houston. Provost will be buried at Veterans Memorial Cemetery. A candlelight vigil will also take place on Friday at 7:30 pm outside Camp Pendelton.